FORT LEWIS, WA — The Department of Defense announced today the deployment of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, to Iraq in the fall of 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The unit’s deployment was moved forward several months to replace another Fort Lewis Stryker brigade that was re-missioned for Afghanistan last month.
4th Stryker Brigade, also known as the Raider Brigade, previously deployed to Iraq from April 2007 to June 2008 as part of the President’s five-brigade surge. The brigade has just completed the reset of its personnel and equipment following its previous deployment and it has now entered its training phase.
The brigade’s training currently focuses on the individual skills Soldiers and leaders need to defeat the enemies we face in the Global War on Terror. 4th Stryker Brigade consists of approximately 4,000 Soldiers who will begin small unit and collective training later this spring to continue to prepare its units for the upcoming deployment.
“We will be prepared to deploy as an expeditionary warfighting SBCT [Stryker Brigade Combat Team] to Iraq in accordance with the DoD directive,” said Colonel John Norris, commander, 4th Stryker Brigade. “I am extremely proud and confident of the professionalism of the Raider Brigade Combat Team, and know that this brigade will continue to build on the already successful legacy achieved during the 2007 surge in
“The Soldiers and staff of this unit are well prepared to face this challenging mission in Iraq, We have the best equipment, best Soldiers and leaders our country has ever seen. This brigade has over 2,500 OIF veterans in our ranks and most of those warriors all served in Stryker units. For Stryker Soldiers who have served in Iraq, they are intimately familiar with the incredible capabilities of this organization. This announcement though, earlier than expected, is no surprise.”
“There will be a lot of tough work ahead, but we also recognize that we are presented with a tremendous opportunity for our country and Iraq in being able to build on the successes already achieved. We honor all of those who have sacrificed greatly by transitioning a stable Iraq. It is a privilege for the Raiders to be able to accept this mission,” Col. Norris concluded.
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